I’m going to take a step back in time for this week’s Music Monday offering – all the way back to 2008. In September 2008, Amanda Palmer took a detour from The Dresden Dolls and released her solo album Who Killed Amanda Palmer.
I had heard of The Dresden Dolls sometime around 2001 thanks to an ex-girlfriend. Then they faded from my mind until a Tantrum show a few years later when we opened a show to their song Coin-Operated Boy. Then they faded from my mind again until a year or two ago when I learned that Amanda Palmer married one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Fast forward to this past week when I found some of her solo work on Amazon Prime and decided that it was finally time to hear more from Amanda Palmer. Thanks to Prime’s free music streaming, what was the worst that could happen? If I don’t like something, it’s out of my library with a couple clicks. This album won’t be leaving my library.
Anyone who has been following these Music Monday posts knows of my five listens treatment. Who Killed Amanda Palmer had me after the first listen and has only grown on me since. There was something about it that just stood out as very familiar. Okay something was familiar aside from the obvious nod to Twin Peaks. Upon reading up on the album, I learned it was not only produced by Ben Folds, he also performed on the album. That was the familiarity!
I know there are many people out there that don’t care for her at all. Whether it’s her music, her videos, or her fund-raising techniques, people seem to either love her or love to hate her. I don’t care, because I really enjoy this album and have already grabbed more from Amazon Prime. This reminds me of the many times I went to see Alacartoona perform around the Kansas City area. It makes sense considering they’re both different styles of cabaret.